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China Drills Show Possible Invasion Preparation, Taiwan Says

  • Taiwan’s military began live-fire artillery drills Tuesday
  • Wu says China is aiming to change status quo in Taiwan Strait
Warplanes of the Chinese PLA during combat training exercises around Taiwan, on Aug. 7.
Warplanes of the Chinese PLA during combat training exercises around Taiwan, on Aug. 7.Photographer: Li Bingyu/Xinhua/Getty Images
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China used US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei as a pretext to prepare for a possible Taiwan invasion and expand its control throughout the region, the island’s foreign minister said, adding Beijing had been planning the move for some time.

China’s recent military drills in the seas and air around Taiwan were aimed at changing the status quo in the Strait, Joseph Wu said at a briefing in Taipei on Tuesday, adding that the activity fueled concern Beijing may proceed with an actual invasion.